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  • Liberia gives food in slum sealed to stop Ebola

    MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Government officials handed out bags of rice and sachets of drinking water Thursday to residents of an impoverished slum in Liberia's capital where tens of thousands of people have been barricaded in an effort to stop the spread of Ebola. International aid workers warned that more help was needed as the country battles...

  • American Ebola doc: 'I am thrilled to be alive'

    ATLANTA (AP) — Calling it a "miraculous day," an American doctor infected with Ebola left his isolation unit and warmly hugged his doctors and nurses on Thursday, showing the world that he poses no public health threat one month after getting sick with the virus. Dr. Kent Brantly and his fellow medical missionary, Nancy Writebol, who was...

  • Ohio diocese discourages ALS ice bucket challenge

    CINCINNATI (AP) — A Roman Catholic diocese in Ohio is discouraging its 113 schools from participating in the ice bucket challenge to benefit the ALS Association, saying the group's funding of embryonic stem cell research is "in direct conflict with Catholic teaching." Jim Rigg, superintendent of Catholic schools for the Archdiocese of...

  • Ex-Virginia governor talks about troubled marriage

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell wrote a long, forlorn email to his wife three years ago trying to save his marriage, calling her his "soulmate," yet he also said he grew so weary of her yelling that he began taking refuge in his office late at night rather than go home. McDonnell testified extensively about his troubled...

  • The ice bucket stops with Obama

    EDGARTOWN, Mass. (AP) — The ice bucket stops with Obama. Instead of pouring cold water over his head, President Barack Obama has poured it on the idea of becoming the highest-profile participant of the ice bucket challenge, a dare sweeping the nation that has raised nearly $42 million to support research into Lou Gehrig's disease. The...

  • Oklahoma medical marijuana petition falls short

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Secretary of State's Office says an effort to legalize medical marijuana in the state has fallen short of the number of signatures needed to put the issue on a ballot. Officials said Thursday volunteers for Tulsa-based Oklahomans for Health collected 75,384 signatures in their initiative petition drive. But...

  • LSU sends collection letter to hospital manager

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — LSU sent a collection letter this week to the research foundation running its hospitals in Monroe and Shreveport, saying the foundation owes the university system $25.3 million and accusing it of using LSU like its "personal piggy bank." The Biomedical Research Foundation of Northwest Louisiana, known as BRF, took...

  • Ohio doctor accused of $7.2 million medical fraud

    CLEVELAND (AP) — A federal court indictment alleges a northeast Ohio cardiologist performed unnecessary procedures as part of an alleged scheme to overbill Medicaid and private health insurance companies by $7.2 million. Fifty-five-year-old Dr. Harold Persaud (per-SAWD') of the Cleveland suburb of Westlake is accused of performing unnecessary...

  • Cancer-stricken Cooper leads Dream into playoffs

    ATLANTA (AP) — After taking time off to fight cancer, Michael Cooper is hoping to inspire his team to a championship in the WNBA playoffs. The former "Showtime" star is coach of the Atlanta Dream, who finished first in the Eastern Conference. The team struggled late in the season, a slide that began right about the time Cooper was diagnosed...

  • Challenger slams Bentley, who stresses record

    ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (AP) — Challenger Parker Griffith called Robert Bentley a failed governor as the two Alabama gubernatorial candidates faced off Thursday in back-to-back campaign speeches. "If Alabama were picked up and moved to Africa, the international community might be tempted to call it a failed state under the aimless, even pointless...

  • Ex-Nevada lawmaker taking plea deal in Vegas cases

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — An expelled Nevada state assemblyman plans to plead guilty in two Las Vegas criminal cases dating to the days before the 2013 legislative session, in a plea deal that would get him out of jail and into a mental health program. Democratic lawmaker Steven Brooks' attorney, Adam Gill, and prosecutor Richard Scow said Thursday...

  • Governor eyes suicide prevention at Taos bridge

    TAOS, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez wants the state Department of Transportation to do more to prevent suicides at the iconic Rio Grande Gorge Bridge in New Mexico. The department announced Wednesday that officials are preparing a plan to install 10 phones at the bridge near Taos. The phones would be answered by crisis counselors with the...

  • Cadavers, a teen, and a med school dream

    GARY, Ind. (AP) — A 17-year-old Indiana high school student stands among the group of medical students, doctors and nurses working with a scalpel on a cadaver donor. His status isn't obvious in the crowd, and his confidence seems to work as camouflage. Johntrell Bowles has dreamed of becoming a doctor since a young age. His mother, he says,...

  • Anderson man gets 3 years for asbestos pollution

    SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — An Anderson man will spend more than three years in prison for demolishing a mill full of asbestos without properly protecting his workers or the people living in the area. U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles said in a press release that state health officials repeatedly told 37-year-old Scott Farmer that he had to stop the...

  • Study: Combining vaccines boosts polio immunity

    WASHINGTON (AP) — New research suggests a one-two punch could help battle polio in some of the world's most remote and strife-torn regions: Giving a single vaccine shot to children who've already swallowed drops of an oral polio vaccine greatly boosted their immunity. The World Health Organization officials said the combination strategy...

  • 2nd case of West Nile confirmed in Oklahoma

    TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Health officials in Tulsa have confirmed a second human case of the potentially fatal West Nile virus in Oklahoma this year. The Tulsa Health Department confirmed the case on Thursday. The first confirmed case was in July in Major County. Few details about the persons infected have been released, other than that both are...

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